FAIRFIELD — A fatal solo big-rig crash shut down the connector ramp from eastbound Interstate 80 to southbound Interstate 680 for several hours during Thursday’s evening commute.
The ramp has a curve. The fully loaded big-rig flipped onto its back along the curve, wheels in the air, with the cab crushed on concrete K-rail.
California Highway Patrol Officer W. Lee on the scene of the 4:39 p.m. crash said the truck driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The driver was killed. Lee said more will be known when the coroner’s report is finished.
The officer did not provide his first name.
Officers at the scene could not identify the driver. They said the truck was hauling wine.
The California Highway Patrol issued a regional traffic alert after the crash because of the closed, one-lane connector ramp. The truck wreck didn’t block the connector ramp lane — most of the truck ended up beyond the shoulder — but emergency crews needed the space.
Removing the overturned big rig took time. As of 10:30 p.m., almost six hours after the accident, the ramp remained closed and the traffic alert remained in place.
A subsequent injury crash reported at 5:16 p.m. on eastbound Highway 12 west of Beck Avenue blocked both lanes of traffic. It involved three vehicles, according to the CHP website. Vehicles were passing the crash scene along the center divide. The roadway was reported as clear about 30 minutes later.
Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.